February 5, 2010 Subject:
Lions and paper tigers and bears, oh my!
Sound is average, again.
Jam > Waves > Jigsaw > KOTW > Spacebird - What are great looking first set. Only four songs! Must have been some great jams, right? How did it hold up? Well, the opening jam is fantastic. Can't really go wrong with a 20 minute jam to start a show. Really happy stuff that features some great Barber riffs all around. Near the end they transform really well into some really dark psychedelic trance before they hit Waves, and the peak is done quite well. They drop right into a dub jam after Waves which eventually transforms into a slower house jam, then ultimately gets into some fast breaks. Nothing great here but not bad by any means; just a little too aimless for my tastes. Jigsaw is pretty bland as well, and they never seem to figure out where they want to go. Magner is playing some really cool stuff, but they don't really know what to do with it. No jam at all out of KOTW, just drops straight into Spacebird. The Spacebird jam suffers from the same problem that a lot of Spacebird jams do: they maintain the song's time signature (6/4 and 4/4) and wind up in a repetitive jam in which Brownstein doesn't really know how to get very creative. It winds up being pretty repetitive and uninteresting.
So much for a great looking for first set.
Banter - Strange stuff from some hippy named Dirty Bill.
Jam - This set also looks really really good to me. The opening jam is pretty slow to get going. A couple decent parts here and there, but overall pretty mehtastic. No clue why they just end this instead of doing something with it.
7-11 > Shem-Rah > Crix > Sound One - Really enjoy the jam out of 7-11. Very catchy house jam with great communication from Barber and Magner, playing off of each other very well. Brownstein drops the Shem-Rah bassline apparently WAY before the rest of the band was ready for it and then backs off. Shem-Rah jam is quite good. House jam with some start/stop stuff in there as well. Dance party Biscuits, and it turns into some really great thematic stuff near the end of Shem-Rah. The jam out of Shem-Rah ending is also quite enjoyable, and gets pretty happy as it gets closer to Crickets. Crickets 1st jam is a little too disjointed for my tastes, though they get into some really cool stuff right before the drop back into the song. The jam out and into Sound One starts off very very subdued, and Magner is doing some cool layering over everything. It never really takes off, unfortunately, and gets pretty stagnant after a little while. They get into some really really pretty major key stuff before the switch to Sound One.
Home Again - This sounds about how you'd expect. They never really get away from the Home Again type I jam.
3 really enjoyable (full) jams in the entire show. This warrants no more than 2 stars, and for that this show should be thankful. Jam > Waves, 7-11 > Shem-Rah > are pretty neat, and the last 3-4 minutes or so before the Sound One transition are great, but beyond that, this show should probably be avoided. Lots of paper tigers here. I know some people talk up this show all the time, but I just don't hear what it is that excites everybody so much.
Reviewer:B Pony -
July 29, 2009 Subject:
Real nice warm up for Bisco Inferno
My buddy Joe and I came up from Arizona for this show>Bisco Inferno at Mishawaka. We definitely were not dissapointed that we came a day early, as this show cranked from beggining to end. I actually remember feeling almost, exhausted after the first set, and thinking, wow that was just one set.
Good setlist, with LONG songs that were jammed to the limit.
The recording sounds pretty good and crisp through the headphones, so far.